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Upcoming Webinar: Applying CFD Analysis to Your Design with Orca3D Marine CFD


Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, February 21st, 9:00 AM EST (14:00UTC)  Click here to register
In the past, marine design with CFD was expensive, required the expertise of a specialist, and wasn’t practical on ordinary engineering computers. Now Orca3D Marine CFD has changed all of that, coupling the power and ease-of-use of Rhino, Orca3D, and Simerics MP with specially designed templates to allow naval architects to easily and affordably analyze the hydrodynamic performance of displacement and planing hull designs with confidence in the results. Both monohulls and multihulls can be explored, and the effects of local design features including steps, spray rails, lifting strakes, flaps, trim tabs, foils, and other appendages can be investigated with high fidelity. With Orca3D Marine CFD, it takes just minutes to set up and start an analysis, and it is practical to run on ordinary engineering laptops or desktops.
Previous webinars have presented the process of going from a hull model in Rhino/Orca3D to a completed CFD analysis (view the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O40EqkyuQCk&feature=youtu.be). This next webinar will begin with a brief overview of that process and a presentation of benchmarks, as well as highlighting recent functionality and speed improvements to the software. Then we will move on to focus on how CFD can be used not just to analyze a design, but also improve it. Presenters will include our experts as well as a customer who will discuss his real-world experience with Orca3D Marine CFD. After a Q&A session, we will present the very affordable pricing options, and the steps to follow to get a free 30-day evaluation of the software, including technical support.
To register, please click here. The webinar will be recorded, and if you are registered you will receive a link to the recording, even if you are unable to attend.

Posted on 18 February 2019 | 2:21 am

Mathematical Art done in Rhino


CosmoCaixa Barcelona is hosting the exhibition Mathematical Art, a group of iron and steel sculptures made by the Dutch artist and mathematician Rinus Roelofs. His pieces show different mathematical concepts: dual and stellar polyhedra (the first is obtained from another by turning each face into a vertex and vice versa, and the second by building a pyramid on each face), and operations of turns and translations on divisions that make 3D structures from 2D surfaces.

The exhibition can be seen until September 2019.

Rinus Roelofs uses Rhino and Grasshopper to build all his artistic models.


More information (in Spanish)...

Posted on 14 February 2019 | 5:25 am

RhinoCAM 2019 released


MecSoft Corporation has announced the latest version of MecSoft’s fully integrated CAM plugin for Rhinoceros 5 and 6, RhinoCAM 2019.

Release highlights include:
  • 2½ Axis – Improved feature-based machining, new drag knife cutting method, new cornering options in profile machining
  • 3 Axis – Improvements in flat area machining, new trochoidal entry motions for high-speed machining, improved cut connections and performance improvements
  • 4 Axis – Smoother motion outputs in the post-processor
  • 5 Axis – Nutating head support and local coordinate plane programming 
  • Simulation – Tool shank collision detection and early error detection
  • Free TURN module included in certain 2019 MILL configurations
  • Other productivity and user interface enhancements
  • NEST has been enhanced to add 3D object nesting
More information...
Or download your free demo software of RhinoCAM...

Posted on 13 February 2019 | 5:34 pm

Introduction to Grasshopper for Designers (Free Webinar Recording)


Given the positive feedback, Car Body Design has published the Introduction to Grasshopper Webinar that they hosted on December.

The webinar, presented by Marco Traverso, focuses on the possible applications in transportation design, product design and industrial design industries.

To be notified about future updates please click here...

Posted on 12 February 2019 | 5:29 am

Rhino at the Sydney Design Festival 2019


On the occasion of the 3rd Italian Design Day and of the Sydney DesignFestival 2019, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney (an official body of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has invited Arturo Tedeschi, architect and computational designer, as a guest speaker of the event Inside Italian Design: Beyond the Glossy Cover. Arturo Tedeschi,  based in Milano (Italy) and worldwide known for his avant-garde work and for the best seller AAD Algorithms Aided Design, promotes a new approach that merges innovative fabrication techniques, algorithms, virtual reality, and AI.

Arturo develops all his projects using Rhino and Grasshopper.


More information...

Posted on 7 February 2019 | 5:24 am

Are you ready for the Super Bowl?


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The next generation of the football helmet is here. Carbon technology is the key to the next generation of the football helmet coming from Riddell Diamond Technology.  Using generative algorithms, 3D scanning, advanced materials, and 3D printing, a new era of head protection is here.

Watch this video on the new process that will bring customized helmets to pro and college level athletes later this year:


Carbon 3D + Rhino + Grasshopper + Helmet Protection

Posted on 2 February 2019 | 10:02 am

Algorithm Summer School - July 2019 (Rome)


Algorithm Summer School
16-25 July 2019
Faculty of Engineering - Sapienza University of Rome
Registration deadline 14th of February 2019

Computational technology is rapidly developed. It provides strong capabilities to change the way we act, think, communicate and interact in real life. The goal of the Algorithm Summer School is to provide students with a new digital paradigm in design and architecture and make them able to gain practical experience on future trends of computational architecture, generative design, algorithmic analysis, design optimization, digital fabrication, and smart kinetic systems.

School Program

Module 01 | Digital design, form finding Algorithms, and Parametric Architecture

Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Paneling tools, Kangaroo plugin fields Grasshopper, Digital Fabrication

Topics: generative design, NURBS modeling, parametric modeling, architectural design algorithms, form finding algorithms, generative designs in architecture and urban scale and fields algorithms

Module 02 | Digital Design and Fabrication

Tools: 3D printing, laser cutting, Grasshopper plugins, Rhino CAM

Topics: Digital design, digital fabrication, laser cutting, 3D printing, RhinoCAM, Introduction to Kinetic responsive design as an option


Details and registration...

Posted on 31 January 2019 | 1:41 am

#RHINO-RAPTUS Workshop by Luigi Memola


#RHINO-RAPTUS Workshop
Torino (Italy)
Feb 8 and Feb 14, 2019

Luigi Memola will share his workflows to model with the 3D software Rhinoceros.

The workshop includes real-time vehicle modeling demo, specific and open answers about techniques, tips and experience. Useful for product designers, vehicle designers, CG artists and graphic designers. For both students and professionals.


Complete info and registration...

Posted on 30 January 2019 | 2:25 am

Rhino 6 für Architekten - Wien

22-23 Feb 2019
Technische Universität Wien 
Seminarraum BA 10B, BA im 10 OG., Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien

Getting the Most Out of Rhino 6 in Architectural Design

This 2-day workshop will cover intermediate level concepts for architects. We will start with a basic refresher before moving on to various levels of modeling – from massing and concept modeling to freeform modeling and model evaluation tools. In the refresher, we will cover the basics including using construction planes, snaps, and other modeling constraints to speed up your workflow. We will also discuss Object and Viewport properties to help you navigate around your model. The modeling section will be taught using short case studies to help reinforce the concepts.

We will also give an overview of Rhino 6’s Paneling Tools plugin, using the robust 2D documentation tools, and tools for setting up your model for basic presentations. A basic overview of Rhino integration into BIM software such as Revit and ARCHICAD will also be shown. 

This workshop assumes that you have a basic working knowledge of Rhino, but the content can be adjusted based on your skill level. After registration, we will send out a questionnaire to attendees and adjust the workshop content to fit the group. 

The workshop will be taught in English and German, as the majority of the Rhino documentation publicly available is in English. We recommend considering this fact when searching for help online.

Jason Bergeron will lead this workshop. He is an American architect and architectural visualizer living and working in Vienna. Jason has been using Rhino since 2006 for the production of architectural models both in architecture offices as well as in his own visualization practice. He is a co-founder of the annual d2 Conference here in Vienna, which focuses on architectural visualization. He has worked in the architecture offices of Boris Podrecca, Gustav Peichl, and Christoph Lechner. More recently, he worked both on his own and for the acclaimed Parisian studio Luxigon in the area of architectural visualization. In all cases, he used Rhino for modeling production.


More information and registration...

Posted on 30 January 2019 | 1:27 am

Evolutionary Process of Algorithmic Aided Design




Alyssa Parsons won first place on her final Master's thesis at Montana State UniversityThe project turned into a proposal of a design process to optimize views and rent distribution for a high-rise building in downtown San Francisco. It explores the relationship between design intent and design response with the goal of improving the built and emotional environment through manipulating data sets using Grasshopper.

The project consists of a series of negotiations to minimize any impact on the initial optimization (views), with the intent of preserving the view quality of every exterior wall, in order to establish the necessary infrastructure. 

A traditional building form was analyzed through the same view optimization algorithm and the results were compared to the final building form.

For more information please contact Parson by email or call 925-818-9372.


What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.



Posted on 29 January 2019 | 11:41 am

Minor in Creative Code for Design


CENTRO is an institution of higher education located in Mexico City and dedicated to professional creativity. Join their Minor in Creative Code for Design and learn to use tools such as Processing, Rhino, and Grasshopper for the creation of 2D patterns and 3D objects, as well as generative design for the production of graphics, objects, and spaces.

Participants will create printed and manufactured objects with digital manufacturing technologies such as CNCs, 3D printers, laser cutting. 

The minor consists of two semesters. Register now!

Dates: 
First Semester: January 28-June 5
Second Semester: August 12-November 27

Time: Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm



Place: Av. Constituyentes 455, Mexico City

Fee: 120,000 pesos, total cost. Divided into two semesters.


For more information please contact Rosa Piqueras Calero.



What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Posted on 29 January 2019 | 8:26 am

Morphine Streams V1.0


Design Morphine invites you to their first webinar series, Morphine Streams V1.0! Each webinar will be 4.5 hours long with a 15-minute break and 15 minutes Q&A. Webinars will take place in Private Facebook groups via Facebook Live. Participants will be able to ask questions by commenting on the video. All webinars will be in English and recorded to watch later.

Webinars

Intro to Pufferfish | Saturday - March 9, 2019
This course will focus on the Pufferfish plugin for Grasshopper. It will provide an overview of its components and uses in your computational workflows.

Sculpting Geometry | Sunday - March 10, 2019
Digital sculpting for architects represents a post-generative attitude. Here, digital craft takes over algorithms, resulting in forms that are not necessarily “clean” and strictly defined.

Generative Columns | Saturday - March 16, 2019
Through this webinar, learn to understand the principles of Grasshopper in applied exercises that will teach you how to design a generative column, and eventually fabricate it. (Every design will be one that can be 3D printed with any type of printer, from small scale using plastic or resin to large scale robots using clay, cement or plastic. The logic is the same.)

Rationalized Enclosures | Sunday - March 17, 2019
Roofs and facades are one of the aspects of a building in which we have artistic freedom to design. In a couple of examples, topics like organic roof fabrication and panelization or facade structuring will be covered to explain the process of optimizing designs to become fully feasible for production and construction.

Coded Particle Systems | Saturday - March 23, 2019
In this webinar, students will dive into the world of C# programming. No previous coding experience is required. We will introduce particle systems and learn how to work with particles. We will write code to define behaviors such as attraction, repulsion, alignment. And we will build different particle systems: circle packing, bouncing particles and curve growth.

Sci-Fi Architecture Scenes | Sunday - March 24, 2019
This webinar showcases the workflow for setting up an architectural scene in Unreal and producing 360 VR Video renderings and screenshots. The participants learn to model a speculative architectural building/intervention in ZBrush using low poly hard surface modeling techniques. They are exposed to the basics of UV unwrapping strategies of the objects.

Procedural Data-Driven Facades | Saturday - March 30, 2019
This webinar will focus on creating a component-based façade that responds to local data-driven conditions. The proposed workflow will combine Maya procedural modeling and Grasshopper parametric benefits to create complex yet controlled facade geometries.

Time-Aided Design | Sunday - March 31, 2019
This webinar will explore a set of modeling techniques that deploy animation as the primary tool to achieve dynamic complex design and structures. The results are parametric and time-controlled by the user and can be combined following the same principles.

More information here...

Posted on 25 January 2019 | 3:00 pm

Karamba3D Workshop by Clemens Preisinger, Feb 27-Mar 1 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona



Karamba3D Workshop by Clemens Preisinger
February 27-March 1, 2019
10am-6pm
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)



We invite you to join us for the next special training session at our European office in Barcelona. Clemens Preisinger, structural engineer at Bollinger Grohmann and plugin developer, will lead a three day Karamba3D Workshop February 27- March 1, 2019. 

Clemens will introduce Karamba3D, a parametric structural engineering tool which provides accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells. Karamba3D is fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper, a plugin for the 3D modeling tool Rhinoceros. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculations and optimization algorithms like Galapagos.

Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Presentation of recent building projects
  • Setup of a simple structural system
  • Results retrieval and display 
  • Optimization of beam and truss cross sections
  • Geometry optimization based on Karamba results

Day 2
  • Structural basics
  • How to debug a structural model
  • Analysis of shells and plates
  • Results retrieval and display
  • Creating shell-meshes and loads
  • Optimization of shell cross sections
  • Form finding

Day 3
  • Gridshells
  • Eigenforms and natural vibrations
  • Global buckling analysis
  • The Karamba Utilities
  • Using Karamba in C# scripts
  • Individual project development
Karamba3D 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge.

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is only confirmed once your payment has cleared.

Max. Number of Participants: 10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Language: English 

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here






Posted on 24 January 2019 | 2:56 am

Conduit plugin updated for Rhino 6


The plugin updates continue at Proving Ground. Conduit is now 100% working with Rhino 6. Parametric dashboards look pretty nice with Rhino's Arctic mode on in the background.

With Conduit, designers can create custom data visualizations, dashboards, and heads up displays that update with their computational design tools and parametric models.

Get the latest Conduit for Grasshopper...


Posted on 23 January 2019 | 12:56 pm

Advanced Parametric Techniques with Grasshopper, New York





Advanced Parametric Techniques with Grasshopper
February 9-10 (Saturday and Sunday)
New York 

Design Lucidity has added this Advanced Grasshopper course to their schedule. Participants will be taken through an intensive series of explorations using Grasshopper to create a highly complex facade system for a skyscraper. The curriculum will build on existing case studies that explain major constraints for systematically defining parametric facades.


Sign up here!

Topics such as skeletal modeling, data tree structures, data abstraction, clustering and performance analysis will be covered and synthesized to highlight the potential of parametric holistic design thinking. Each major system in the design will be taken to a high level of detail, allowing designers to customize user-defined features specific to their performance analysis. The workflows introduced in this workshop are meant to prepare participants with applicable knowledge in parametric methodologies that can be applied to various design problems.

Note: Each participant is required to bring their own laptop computer with Rhino and Grasshopper installed before the beginning of the course.


Details and registration...

Posted on 22 January 2019 | 6:12 pm

Streamlining original furniture design and production


Oakland-based MU Form designs, fabricates, and distributes furniture products for the modern home and business. MU Form strives to produce original pieces, often incorporating many curves and flowing surfaces. So, the primary material MU Form works with is high-quality bent ply, one of the most widely used materials in the industry due to its ability to create a variety of shapes for chairs, stools, and tables.

Formerly, MU Form shipped a physical prototype model to a factory overseas to reverse engineer the model by using a router duplicator to create a wood mold. The process included much trial and error and lacked efficiency in fine-tuning the curvatures and surfaces.

Recently, MU Form started outsourcing its 3D model making services to Artec in Palo Alto, California, changing its workflow process to:

  • The furniture designer develops the physical prototype of a furniture piece. 
  • The prototype is 3D scanned with Artec Eva to reverse engineer the piece.
  • The raw point data is used to create contours in Rhino to accurately model every nuance in curvatures and radii.
  • The 3D model is emailed to the factory which creates an accurate CNC metal mold directly from the file. 

The result is a final model that has been minimally altered to remove the prototype’s defects. The time for creating a mold has gone from 60-90 days to 20 days, and savings are estimated to reach 10-15%.

More details on the prototype process...

Posted on 22 January 2019 | 12:36 pm

"Mastering Surfacing in Rhino" by Alejandro Zapata




Alejandro Zapata is an Authorized Rhino Trainer (ART), and a self-taught 3D artist specialized in inorganic modeling. He has published his book, Mastering Surfacing in Rhino and it's aimed for anyone who wants to improve their surfacing skills and achieve curvature continuity surfaces without plugins and expensive CAD software. It's a detailed step by step exercise to model a car and includes detailed illustrated explanations to why we use commands in certain cases starting from a blueprint.


The key features are:
  • The input is a simple blueprint and reference photos.
  • Step by step explanation of the entire modeling process.
  • 1200+ pages full of the illustrated workflow.
  • More than 110 tools to learn.
  • Explanation of key tools including surface analysis.
  • Icons of all tools used in this book arranged in order of application.
  • Master surface modeling.
  • A final model like shown in the video below.
Watch this video to see what you can learn from Zapata's book (in Spanish here).


If you would like to purchase or learn more from the book, visit this link


What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Posted on 22 January 2019 | 10:40 am

Design & Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop at ControlMAD, Madrid - July 1-26, 2019

Design & Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop at ControlMAD
Madrid - July 1-26, 2019

This course focuses on knowledge in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros and Parametric Design with Grasshopper. Thanks to digital fabrication tools, students can get real results with the construction of a large scale prototype as a final project.

The course is organized in an intensive way so that any student without previous knowledge in 3D modeling or Rhino, may get a solid base for going into parametric design. For that, the course uses Grasshopper, a free graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper does not require knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators, from the simple to the awe-inspiring. It is used at renowned architecture offices like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster.

Students not only learn how to model and render but also will implement various strategies to obtain structures of complex models, analyze, calculate, interact with the physical environment etc. There will an opportunity to manufacture different models with CNC technology, like cutting laser Trotec and 3D printers. The final goal is to create, design and 3D model a cool object, prototype or sculpture using Rhino and Grasshopper, get a fast render with V-Ray and make it real with the digital machines.


Complete details and registration...

Posted on 22 January 2019 | 4:18 am

New release for Rhino 6! Orca3D Version 2


Announcing the release of Orca3D Version 2.0. This is the first version of Orca3D optimized for Rhino 6.


Also, Orca3D 2.0 includes many feature additions, including:
  • Added a new command, OrcaCreateStrake, to provide a convenient method for creating lifting strakes on planing hulls. 
  • Added a new Orca3D Hull Assistant for creating developable hull shapes. 
  • Extended the Orca3D Ship Hull Assistant to allow incorporation of bulbous bows into the generated hull geometry.
For details on all the new Orca3D 2.0 improvements and upcoming plans, see the Orca3D blog announcement.





Posted on 21 January 2019 | 11:52 am

Parametric Design Workshops




LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (Berlin)
Beginner course 06-07-13-14  April, 2019
Intermediate 13-14 April, 2019

Are you interested in gaining Parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn a very exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

These Parametric Design Workshops (Beginners and Advanced) by Wassef Dabboussi will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands-on parametric project.

  • Option 1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Starts 06 April 2019
  • Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts 13 April 2019
Complete details and registration...

Posted on 21 January 2019 | 8:47 am

Two Grasshopper Workshops by David Rutten, Feb 18-19/ Feb 21-22 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona



Workshop I: February 18-19, 2019
Workshop II: February 21-22, 2019
10am-6pm
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)


David Rutten will be at our European office in Barcelona to teach two of his latest Grasshopper classes aimed at beginners and intermediate users. David founded Grasshopper in 2008, continually developing it and technically supporting the user community throughout all these years. Today Grasshopper is integrated in Rhino 6 for Windows and Rhino 5 for Mac.

His two-day class focuses on carefully selected exercises to achieve a deeper understanding on how visual programming works using Grasshopper and on optimization methods for your Grasshopper definition. 

Day 1: Foundational Concepts
  • Mathematics (starting from integer addition to evaluating complicated functions, a series of increasingly difficult exercises will introduce the core concepts of any Grasshopper algorithm; setting and inspecting values, learning about different data types, performing operations on data, and formatting data for human consumption)
  • Custom Shapes (most often the shape you need isn’t part of the standard shapes. This second part focused on how to create and bundle your own functionality.)
  • Structures of Shapes (creating complex structures from simple elements is an important skill, as is analyzing these complex structures. Building on the result of part (2), this exercise focuses on the creation and categorization of large amounts of data.)
  • Spaceframe (Sooner or later data management always rears its ugly head. Instead of worrying about the data itself, in this exercise we’ll worry instead about how data is organized.)
  • Analysis and Graphics (Presenting data in a human-centric fashion may sometimes involve the creation of visual feedback such as graphs and maps. This exercise aims to display data graphically which is either too numerous or too complicated to be read as a text.)

Day 2:  Algorithm and Workflow design 
Working on large projects often involves dealing with discontinuity, either because several people are involved or because a single person works on the project intermittently. It is therefore important to keep Grasshopper algorithms easy to understand regardless of whether the user is familiar with them. While good documentation of a file can go some way towards achieving this goal, it should be considered to be the last resort. Ideally, an algorithm is self-explanatory. To accomplish this, algorithms need to be both clean and small, and sadly neither property comes naturally to node-based editors such as Grasshopper. 

The entire day will be spent working on various aspects of a single, overarching project while keeping modularity, maintainability, and flexibility in mind.

Course Fee: EUR 495,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has cleared. 

Max. Number of Participants:
10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Language: English 

Course Requirements: No knowledge of programming or scripting is required. To attend you only need your own computer and a copy of Rhino 6 on it.

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here!

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:41 am

Parametric Design Seminar in Oslo (Norway) - Feb 12, 2019


Parametric Design Seminar in Oslo (Norway)
Feb 12, 2019

For the second time in Norway, a seminar dedicated to parametric design and visual programming is specially arranged for the construction industry.

Several Norwegian and international speakers will show how they combine the different visual programming tools to solve challenging and time-consuming work in the design process. Such tools allow for completely new opportunities in design optimization of buildings and other constructions by adding rule-based relationship and logic, rather than doing it manually.

Now when you use standard software based on visual programming, and connect it to Building Information Models (BIM), it is also made available to everyone.

Lectures are by architects, engineers and industrial designers who use many different types of software to achieve their goals. The seminar aims to display a wide range of applications and possibilities with parametric design, regardless of the software providers. But there will be the opportunity to meet representatives from Robert McNeel & Associates, the creator of Rhino and Grasshopper.



Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:27 am

3D reverse engineering of complex free form shapes with Mesh2Surface



How difficult can converting STL meshes to CAD model be? Reverse engineering of complex organic and free forms is no longer a challenging task.

The new version of Mesh2Surface plugin provides power that's not available even in high-end packages.

Snap-to-mesh, real-time-deviation control and automatic surfacing provide unbeatable power to convert virtually any scanned shape into a CAD model. Mesh2Surface, known by customers for its simplicity and ease of use, is the future of affordable and accurate mesh surfacing.

Visit www.mesh2surface.com for example projects’ images, video demonstrations and product information.


Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:12 am

AA Visiting School Osaka

AA Visiting School Osaka
March 13-24, 2019

For Takenaka Corporation – which is engaged in a wide variety of design and construction projects, from traditional buildings to offices and houses – "the craft of carpentry" is the foundation of its 400-year history.

Wood crafting techniques and tools have been handed down for generations in Japan, where wooden buildings and parts hold deep meaning. It is often thought that technology will soon supersede human labour. However, there are many metaphysical concepts that machines can’t learn. Carpenters have advanced techniques and knowledge about traditional buildings, wooden design and construction, while the younger generation has experience and knowledge concerning robots, advanced fabrication technology and the virtual world. Takenaka Corporation, as Japan's leading design and construction company, seeks to create a dawn of new building techniques by joining these two generations.

In this workshop, we will study the domains of both the traditional and cutting edge (through lectures and model creation, as well as practical wood manufacturing workshops), with the cooperation of the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and visit real-life examples of traditional architecture (the Tōdai-ji Temple, the Hōryū-ji temple, and others). After gaining a good understanding of historical values, we will design and construct small wooden pavilions, while considering how new technologies can support and make use of traditional architectural culture. Through this workshop, we will learn the importance of not only the ‘form’ of traditional wooden buildings, but also their structural ingenuity, systems of measurement, rituals and ceremonies, the value of ornamentation, and more.

Prominent Features of the workshop / skills developed

Through this workshop, participants will learn about Japanese wooden traditional buildings, from history to realization, understanding through lectures and hands-on workshops. In addition, skills on how to structurally analyze complex structures through specific software will be developed as well as how to move from model to realization thanks to introduction to traditional and advanced machinery. Practical hands-on skills will be part of the learning process as the last part of the visiting school foresees design, assembly and construction of the pavilion.

Complete details and registration...


Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:02 am

Large-scale daylight simulation on the Cloud




Sarith Subramaniam, Mili Kyropoulou, and Paul Ferrer worked on a daylighting study for the proposed extension for the San Francisco International airport. The model exceeded the capacity of any conventional daylighting tool. So they used a pre-release version of the library now known as Honeybee[+] on local and Cloud-based machines for nearly the entirety of the project.

Read more on this case study of a large-scale daylight simulation with Honeybee[+] on the Cloud.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 3:41 pm